A Guide to Recovery

25th Anniversary Edition

by Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn

Legendary Bulimia Book: 25 Years Later

When Lindsey Hall printed a booklet with her story of recovery from bulimia, it was the first publication ever written on the topic. After two more booklets, she and husband Leigh Cohn combined them into a book in 1986, and now, 150,000 copies and five revisions later, they have released a 25th anniversary edition of Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery.

This version of the bulimia book has been completely revised and updated to reflect the most current information about this multidimensional disorder. It begins with detailed answers to 20 commonly asked questions and Lindsey's personal story, this time including photographs that follow her path from a lonely child to an inspiration for thousands of people who followed her example in recovery.

Unique to this edition is a new chapter on professional treatment with descriptions of cutting-edge approaches such as manualized cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, family-based treatment, and more. The book also features new sections on improving body image, cultivating relationships, handling setbacks, and finding purpose. The two-week program to stop bingeing maintains the format of previous editions, but now includes ideas that incorporate evolving technologies. Even the advice to loved ones has been expanded with more information for parents, spouses, and other support people.

Little did Lindsey suspect when she picked up thoe first 100 booklets that their fledgling publishing company, Gürze Books would become the world leader of resources on eating disorders. They've since published many books, newsletters, and the Gürze Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue, of which close to five million copies have been distributed by mental health professionals. They also have a variety of websites devoted to books, free articles, blogs, and finding treatment.

Lindsey and Leigh have spent the past 30 years dedicated to helping people concerned with eating disorders, and they have been given awards for service by organizations including the National Eating Disorders Association and International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. In the words of Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, a respected author on prevention and professor at the University of Minnesota, Leigh and Lindsey have done more for the eating disorders field than the rest of us put together. They have educated treatment professionals, individuals with eating disorders, and loved ones across the globe.